reflections related to disability advocacy, family and (needed) cultural change
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Thunder Tropic, Censorship and Other Reflections
First: If I remember my 8th grade history right, Abraham Lincoln said, “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death for your right to day it.
I just love Abe Lincoln and I agree with him.
Censorship—the governmental restriction of expression and media—is wrong. Freedom of speech is an essential right which should not be curtailed in any way.
Influencing people to change their personal expression is NOT censorship. It is LEADERSHIP. No rights are stepped on by asking people to choose to ban disrespectful language from their own lexicon out of respect for us.
Leadership from the disability community may be unexpected because our focus tends to be internal, and it may be unwelcome by those who do not wish to change, but I think it is great.
Second: It happens all the time, something goes crashing to the floor and my kids yell, “But I didn’t mean to!”
And all the time I point out that they are responsible for both the intent AND the outcomes of their actions. I am happy—delighted even—that their intent was never to wreck, damage, or injure, but if those things happen anyway they still are responsible both for apologizing and making amends.
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.